Butterick B5949 Pleated Shoulder Dress

In 2012 I was living din a suburb that couldn’t access the internet and you had to buy a pre-paid internet dongle just to check your emails. To entertain myself I borrowed a sewing machine off my mum and decided to learn how to sew. Looking back, this was probably one of the best things I did for myself because I ended up with a hobby and skill that I am completely obsessed with.

Over the years I’ve also learnt to appreciate how valuable having your own hobbies and interests are. I sew because I love everything that I get from it, being able to create something that I’m proud of, at very little expense with a real tangible outcome. Plus, I also get to chill at home with my pug fur-babies.

This dress pattern is one of my ‘oldie but goodie’ sewing patterns that I’ve pulled out for my 2019 “Me Making” challenge. I have made this dress previously in the more slim fitting skirt style which you can see on my blog post – Butterick B5949.

Pattern Information

Pattern: Butterick 5949 Dress
Description: Lined dress has close-fitting, pleated, bias front bodice variations, waistband, and invisible back zipper.
Fabric used: Spotlight Floral Broadcloth

What did you like about this sewing pattern?

I adore this sewing pattern because it’s such a classic, girly design, especially when you pair it with some really bright, floral fabric. Blue and green are also two of my favourite dress colours to wear.

This dress has wide shoulders, almost making it look like they are shoulder pads. It also includes pleats in the top front neckline and sleeve which makes it really unique and elegant (apologies, my hair probably hides them in this photo).

I also lined my dress with a matching green cotton lining to give it a bit more stability. I’ll line most dresses where I can because I feel that it finishes it off nicer, especially when the fabric is soft, see-through or very light.

Would you recommend this sewing pattern to others?

I mentioned in my previous post about this pattern that it doesn’t seem to be in print any longer. So if you can still get your hands on it some way or another I would highly recommend. It’s such a great basic pattern and really easy to mix and match the top and bottom styles with the designs they have included in the pattern.

Sewing with the Pugs

My little pug girl Bella, is almost 10 years old! It’s so adorable that she’s growing little grey hairs but otherwise you would still think she’s a puppy with how cheeky she is. She always gets her own way because I just can’t resist that cute little pug face.

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